AustCham Macau Power Hour 24

Wednesday 26 Oct 2022 12:30 to 14:30

We had over 60 people attend our Power Hour fundraising luncheon at The St. Regis Macao on the 26th of October. The Luncheon was in support of the Operations of the Association of Rehabilitation of Drug Abusers of Macau (ARTM) and Australia’s MOVEMBER Foundation.

The event was opened by AustCham Director Eddie McDougal who explained how AustCham is participating in MOVEMBER and raising the awareness the of men’s health issues. MOVEMBER is an Australian men’s health campaign that began in 1999. It encourages men to grow a moustache throughout the month of MOVEMBER to raise public awareness on men’s health issues as well as raising funds for charity such as ARTM here in Macau. Year one is about creating awareness and educating ourselves as well as our family, friends, and members of the local Macau community. This is a long-term campaign that we hope to carry on for the years to come.

ARTM Coordinator and Psychological Counsellor Erick Cheung Lik Hang gave an insightful presentation on the role of ARTM in the Macau community, explaining that men’s health is not just physical but also mental health. ARTM see more men with mental health issues nowadays because of the pandemic.

Our guest speaker Brian Tomlinson, a professor at Macau University of Science and Technology’s (MUST) Faculty of Medicine Men’s Health in a Nutshell – Muses from a Clinical Pharmacologist. He encouraged men to be more open about their health issues and “get tested” earlier so they can get early treatments. “If you’ve got symptoms, you’ve got problems. So, you need to get treated,” “Men’s health in Asian countries has been somewhat ignored; it tends to be sort of kept up a bit below the surface and people don’t discuss it much,” he pointed out. “Maybe it’s a matter of culture, but I certainly think there’s room for improvement.”

According to the World Health Organization, heart disease, cancer, diabetes and depression are some of the world’s main disease-related killers among men, while Macao’s Health Bureau has listed coronary heart disease, hypertension, stroke and cancer as the main causes.

Men… lets be more open about our health issues and “get tested” earlier so we can get early treatments.

Watch out for Austcham’s upcoming MOVEMBER trivia night, which will take place at Galaxy Macau’s China Rouge on 23 November. All entry proceeds will be donated to ARTM and the MOVEMBER Foundation.